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The Big Stink

Lucy Freegard

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654131

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 6 June 2019

Category: Picture Books

Charlie, a notorious cheese thief, is a mouse on a mission.

Ever since he was little, he had got in spots of bother with the law. He had pinched Parmesan, crept off with Camembert and robbed Roquefort!

Charlie is planning his biggest mission yet – to steal a cheesy sculpture from The Museum of Art! After a hair-raising break-in – creeping past cameras, dodging guards and avoiding gates – he reaches his stinky prize. But Officer Rita is soon on the case. Will Charlie get away with it this time?

A cat and mouse detective story with a surprising ending! 


Lucy has an MA in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art, a degree in illustration from Cardiff School of Art & Design and did her art foundation at Falmouth University.  Since graduating in 2015 Lucy has worked on a range of projects, from writing and illustrating picture books to designing soft toys and greetings cards.

Lucy uses pen and watercolours, and loves sketching from life and eavesdropping at the zoo. She is based in Bristol.



'A highly entertaining cat-and-mouse detective story …  Lucy’s fun-filled illustrations make this character so appealing that we can’t help but champion this mischievous mouse on his mouth-watering mission … The Big Stink is one of those books you’ll want to read again and again to spot any delectable details you might have missed.'

'Makes a fabulous read aloud which can be enjoyed again and again. However, as well as being humorous, the story offers plenty to discuss and share… The illustrations are a real delight! They are full of details which are perfect for encouraging discussion and storytelling.'

'A lovely story with a very surprising ending'

'A witty, charming cat and mouse detective story'

'The Big Stink is a gorgeous picture book … Delightful illustrations bring this witty story to life and cement Lucy Freegard’s reputation as a fantastic storyteller in both words and pictures.'

'A laugh-out-loud story where the humour is all in the details. I love this book ... A cat and mouse story which will make you smile. This is a big hit and I will be looking out for more work by Lucy Freegard.'

'Well-conceived and executed, charming, engaging, motivating, energising ... A welcome and fun addition to any classroom.’

'With its twist in the tale, little ones will relish this cat-and-mouse drama; but it has plenty to offer adult readers too, not least the art and film references scattered throughout Lucy’s delicious offering'

'A cheese-fuelled cat and mouse caper that's full of the gouda stuff!’

'Lucy Freegard, is on her wittiest and most wonderful form in a brilliantly funny new picture book … With a gallery of colourful illustrations full of child appeal, and a story that will have parents laughing too, The Big Stink is destined to be a family favourite'




  • Download The Big Stink Cat and Mouse Maze

    Can you help Officer Rita track down Charlie, the notorious cheese thief? Follow the maze and guide her through it!

  • Download The Big Stink Colouring Sheet

    Colour in Charlie, the notorious cheese thief, as he embarks on his mission to steal a priceless cheesy sculpture! Do you think he’ll get away with it this time?